Did you know that there were over 1.2 million incidents of violent crimes in the U.S. in 2018? While this figure for violent crimes (such as robbery, aggravated assault, and murder) seems high, it has seen a 3% decrease from the previous year. These latest figures indicate a long-term trend of decreasing violent crimes. However, as the world is fighting against the Coronavirus, is there a likelihood of crime increase? Keep reading to find out how the Coronavirus pandemic might influence crime rates and what you can do to stay safe.
Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Increase Crime Rate?
The first confirmed case of COVID-19 infection in the United States was reported on January 20, 2020. The pandemic has since caused havoc in New York City and is continuing to spread across the states. Many people are uncertain about the future and what the pandemic will mean for them and their lives. Among those concerns are thoughts about the local and national crime rates. People want to know if crime rates will increase, such as crimes against property. And if so, they want to know what they can do about it and how best to protect their families and possessions.
During times of lockdown, more of us are staying at home. So you would assume that property crimes would decrease. So far, this is what we are seeing. Thieves are less likely to steal from someone’s home or car while they or their surrounding neighbors are at home. However, this might not be the case throughout the whole pandemic. One motivator for theft is poverty and lack of money. And with so many people losing their jobs and the economy at the lowest level in a long time, it’s not unreasonable to think that people might start looking for money in less honest ways.
Within the upcoming weeks, you might see lower crime rates in your area and a lower arrest rate. But in part, this might be because police are not attending low-leveled crimes and making fewer arrests. This is in an effort to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and also to prevent putting more people into prisons, where the Coronavirus is spreading very fast. A more relaxed justice system combined with poverty-stricken and bored individuals, could well see an increase in property crime. But only time will tell. In the meantime, there are several ways you can increase your property’s security and stay safe.
4 Ways to Stay Safe and Prevent Yourself From Becoming a Victim of Crime
There are seasonal home security tips that you should be following and implementing year-round. However, in these unprecedented times, it might also be worthwhile to pay a little extra attention to your safety.
1. Update Your Home Security
Protecting your property should be a top priority on your to-do list. Although you’re likely to be staying at home more, remember that this doesn’t necessarily mean your property is safe. Updating old home security systems is a good idea because it’ll give you peace of mind that your home, your family, and your possessions are safe. Relying on the latest technology and security systems ensures that you are always connected and always know who is near your property.
2. Protect Your Business
If your business had to close due to the pandemic, then you might be concerned about the security of it. Premises that are left unattended are often a target of theft. Luckily, security system options are abundant when it comes to your business. Spend some time researching the best security option for your business and budget and then make sure you protect it.
3. Find Qualified Professionals
Another good way to protect yourself is by finding a reliable and professional security systems business to assist you. When choosing the right professional for your security needs, make sure they’re knowledgeable and professional. Another thing you should look out for is excellent customer service, as you might need to rely on the business to repair a part or help you with using the equipment.
4. Report Any Crimes and Seek Help
The best way to stay safe is by reporting any crimes. Despite emergency services facing a lot of pressure right now, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. If you are the victim of any crime, make sure you report it and seek the help you need. The only way we can overcome this awful pandemic is if we stick together and look out for each other. Make sure you check in on your neighbors every so often too, and see if you can help anyone.
Be Aware of Potential Crime Increase and Act Now
Crime increase is a real threat, especially during uncertain times such as pandemics like COVID-19. The best way to protect your home, business, possession, and loved ones, is by always being aware of potential dangers. You should also consider updating any old security systems and improving your home security, as these measures can help to prevent you from becoming a victim of theft or property damage.
Contact our team now to discuss your security needs during these unsettling times. ADS is open, and we are offering both virtual and in-person appointments for business and residential customers.
About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.
ADS is one of the largest alarm firms in Illinois. It has been family-owned since 1968. ADS provides business alarms, fire alarms, card access, security cameras, and home security systems. Our main office is in the Fox Valley. We service all of Chicago, suburbs, and southern Wisconsin.